The demand for tiny homes is ever-increasing. At present, more than 50% of Americans state that they would definitely consider living in a home of less than 600 square feet according to a recent survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders. This sentiment is even more prevalent among millennials with the interest in tiny homes increasing to as much as 63%. It has further been revealed that the term ‘tiny houses’ is searched more than 240,000 in a single month on Google. While the visual appeal of a tiny home is quite obvious, there are a number of other noteworthy benefits that can be enjoyed when living in a tiny house.
You can lead an eco-friendly life
One of the greatest charms of a tiny house lies in how conducive it is of a sustainable lifestyle. Thanks to your home’s lesser size it is possible to construct it mainly out of recycled and repurposed materials. Living off the grid has never been easier as you can easily make use of the sun or wind to power your home. Your power needs will also be significantly less than that of an average home due to the much smaller space. You can further boost the independent functionality of your house by installing a composting toilet as well as rain barrels with a filtration system that will reduce your carbon footprint even further.
You can enjoy increased financial freedom
People who live in tiny houses are known to enjoy a lot more financial freedom than those who choose to live in regular urban dwellings. Up to 66% of tiny house dwellers are entirely free of credit card debt while up to 69% do not have to worry about a mortgage payment. Where cash is required, however, a variety of financing options such as reverse mortgages do exist for owners who qualify for them. Thanks to reduced expenditure on everything from utility bills and cleaning products to furniture requirements and repairs, you will have more money at your disposal to do things you really want, such as travel the country.
You can, finally, declutter your life
When leaving your larger or apartment to live in a tiny house you will be forced to get rid of a lot of clutter that you have accumulated in your life.Unless you decide to put a lot of your possessions into self storage, which is definitely a good idea for stuff like sports equipment or out-of-season clothing, you will undoubtedly have to sell or donate a lot of it as it is virtually impossible to fit everything that you had in your 2500 square foot home into one that hardly measures 200 square foot. Decluttering your life has been found to be extremely beneficial. According to Psychology Today, clutter overloads our brains with too much sensory information. When we declutter our stress levels are reduced, leaving us feeling a lot calmer and even boosting our sleep.
Opting to live in a tiny house will undoubtedly be one of the biggest contributions you can make to combating climate change. It will, however, also be one of the most beneficial as you can expect to reap countless benefits from a more sustainable, simpler lifestyle.